KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Busted glass, Smoldering fires torched cars and empty streets. Hundreds of police officers clumped on the corners, glancing up at the smoke uncurling in the sky.
Kinshasa, one of the biggest cities in Africa, was locked down after deadly political protests exploded against the president, claiming at least half a dozen lives.
Outside the airport, all the taxi drivers shook their heads. It wasn’t safe to go into the city, they said.
After a police officer was coaxed into organizing an escort, dozens of travelers piled into cars that raced each other down the deserted boulevards at terrifying speed, tucking in behind an enormous armored police truck that blasted its horn and swiveled its water cannons at anyone who approached.
SOURCES: News Now / New York Times